Late Fees in Residential Leases

September 18, 2019

You may be able to file a lawsuit against your landlord for illegally collecting late fees.  If you are a California tenant fighting an exorbitant late fee Contact Us Are late-fee clauses illegal in California residential lease agreements? Many landlords place clauses in their lease agreements that require tenants to pay a set fee if […] Read More

San Rafael Rent Control

The City of San Rafael’s Rental Housing Dispute Resolution ordinance and Cause Required for Eviction ordinance went into effect July 17, 2019.  This San Rafael rent control ordinance covers (1) how high a landlord can raise your rent; and (2) what a landlord can eviction you for.  The new ordinances are a tool for combating […] Read More

Get the Right Landlord Insurance Policy

September 16, 2019

As long-time tenant rights lawyers, our firm has sued 1,000s of landlords, and in most of those cases, the landlords have had to pay significant sums out of their own pockets because they did not have the right landlord-tenant insurance.  Not all landlord insurance policies are created equal.  Landlords need to make sure they have […] Read More

Stopping Landlord Retaliation

September 13, 2019

Landlord retaliation is a very serious offense.  Often tenants are in jeopardy of losing their apartments because of retaliation.   Retaliation can put tenants in physical danger.  And, retaliation can force tenants to live with unsafe conditions.  If you are in an unsafe situation because of landlord retaliation, you may need to contact the police, get […] Read More

Tenant Class Action Lawyers

August 7, 2019

Tenants often have group claims against their landlords.  We have filed 100s of group claims on behalf of tenants.  We take these cases on contingency, meaning the tenants do not pay anything until an award is recovered.  As the largest tenant law firm in California, we have the capacity and experience to represent large groups […] Read More

What to do as soon as you get an eviction notice? Our step-by-step guide.

August 5, 2019

The initial steps you take as soon when you get an eviction notice are critical in preserving your rights. Step 1:  Determine if you are covered by eviction protection. If you live in any of the following cities and counties, or live in a mobile home park, you likely have eviction protection:  San Francisco, Oakland, […] Read More

Free San Francisco Eviction Lawyer

The City of San Francisco now provides tenants with free lawyers to defend evictions.  Here is how to find a free lawyer. You may be entitled to a large settlement if your landlord is illegally evicting you.  We take wrongful eviction cases on contingency, which means you do not pay anything unless you get a […] Read More

Mold

July 24, 2019

Mold is Serious Mold is a microscopic fungus that grows in almost every damp setting. Improperly maintained dwellings can have toxic mold levels. Mold infestations will flourish in areas with excess moisture, such as leaks, showers with no ventilating fans, wet basements, and air ducts. Because it only takes a day or two for colonies […] Read More

Unincorporated Marin County Rent Control

Unincorporated Marin County’s Just Cause For Eviction Ordinance And Rental Housing Dispute Resolution Ordinance Recently, the County of Marin enacted the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance and the Rental Housing Dispute Resolution Ordinance.  The ordinances only apply to properties located in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Tenants that reside in incorporated areas are not covered […] Read More

Holding A Landlord Liable For Personal Injury

July 1, 2019

A tenant who suffers a personal injury may be entitled to recover damages from their landlord.  Tenant personal injuries are not only physical harm but may also include emotional harm.  A tenant’s personal injury can happen in many ways: fire in the building, a fall on dilapidated steps, lead or mold exposure, carbon monoxide exposure, […] Read More